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IMG_7158BY JEFF FALK

SOUTH LEBANON – It may be inevitable and it may be the only constant, but change is part of the game. If in fact one resists it, he or she risks being left behind.

Change is also like adversity. A matter of ‘if’ not ‘when’, but what’s most important is how it’s managed.

And while change may be constant, that doesn’t mean it’s consistent. To study change is to examine the nature of ebbs and flows.

While the Cedar Crest football program continues to improve and evolve overall, it could see more than its share of change this season.  For the Falcons, 2016 may just be the year of change.

IMG_7099So what’s specifically new with the Falcons? Here’s just a cross-section: new goals; a new section; a new classification; renewed hopes for a return to the playoffs; and no more Evan Horn.

“It’s different teams. Different strategies,” said Cedar Crest head coach Rob Wildasin of his program’s much ballyhooed switch from Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League to Section Two. “Different offenses. Different defenses. But tt’s the same level of competition in my opinion.

“It’s different challenges,” continued Wildasin. “It’s different teams. It’s different facilities and different experiences. Maybe we should mix it up more often. It’s the stuff that makes high school sports fun.”

IMG_7189There you have it.

Some believe the realignment that the Falcons went through will provide them a better chance to be competitive. Others don’t see much difference in the quality of the programs in the two sections, from top to bottom. So what will be interesting to see is the exact effect the swap will have on Cedar Crest’s upcoming campaign.

Last season, while competing in Section One, Cedar Crest went 5-6 overall. The Falcons closed with a flourish, winning their last three regular-season tilts to qualify for the District Three Class AAAA playoff tournament.

IMG_7202It was the Falcons’ first trip to the district postseason in nearly 20 years. This year, Cedar Crest will compete as a six-A team under the PIAA’s new classification guidelines.

“It was fun,” recalled Wildasin. “We had a goal to make the district playoffs, and we were proud to achieve that goal. But this year is this year. It really is.

IMG_7102“I think overall, we wanted to get better all across the board,” Wildasin continued. “But as camp goes on, you can identify where you need to get better. It’s part of figuring out a team.”

While the Falcons have been reluctant to place tangible goals before themselves in the past, this year the story seems to be different. Let’s just say that seven is Cedar Crest’s lucky number.

If the Falcons are able to reach that many wins, it would figure to put them in the hunt for a District Three playoff berth.

“We have talked about goals,” said Wildasin, who’s in his third season of leading the Falcons. “We have one team goal – seven wins. We talked about seven wins. That’s our goal. I don’t care where they come from.



“We’re well on our way to making it happen,” added Wildasin. “The keys are executing and trusting each other. But we can’t test that until we get into tough situations.”

Here’s something else to like about the Falcons – their balance and versatility. Cedar Crest seems to have a lot of guys who can contribute, in the running game and in the passing game, on offense and on defense, in the trenches and on the outside.

IMG_7210Cedar Crest’s success could revolve around the game management of sophomore quarterback Logan Horn, the inside running of senior back Justice Belleman and the overall play of its offensive line. The Falcons sport a number of talented skill people with the likes of Greyson Williams, Zach Keffer, Tate Seyfert, A.J. Apple and Greg Munnion, just to name a few.

“Our strength is the team,” said Wildasin. “We lost some superstars. But we fill in the holes with a great collective group. We need to do it together.

IMG_7188“Obviously we’ll know our weaknesses better by Saturday morning,” Wildasin added. “But we do have some places where we needed to replace some guys.”

The Falcons possess some building blocks upon which to construct offensive and defensive lines. Up front, Cedar Crest is headed by Garrett de Ben and Terrell Davis, but the Falcons are also expecting contributions from guys like Luis Minaya, Sam Alvarez, Brock Eisenhauer and Nick Stout.

“I know we’ve made great progress in practice,” said Wildasin. “But that doesn’t mean anything until we start playing games. On Friday night (during the annual Cedar Bowl meeting with rival Lebanon) someone’s going to walk out with a win, and someone’s going to walk out with a loss. That’s all we need to know.”

The Falcons’ roster numbers in the high 50s, and 14 of those players are seniors.

 

 

 

 

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IMG_71032016 Cedar Crest Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
09/02
@Lebanon
7:00 PM Lebanon High School
09/09
Northern Lebanon
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
09/16
@Lower Dauphin
7:00 PM Lower Dauphin High School
09/23 *
Ephrata
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
09/30 *
Garden Spot
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
10/07 *
@Cocalico
7:00 PM Cocalico High School
10/14 *
@Solanco
7:00 PM Solanco High School
10/21 *
Manheim Central
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
10/28 *
@Elizabethtown
7:00 PM Elizabethtown High School
11/04 *
Lampeter-Strasburg
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School

 

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IMG_71052015 Cedar Crest Results

DATE OPPONENT TIME RESULT
09/04
Lebanon
7:00 PM W 41-7
09/11
@Lower Dauphin
7:00 PM L 13-35
09/18
Manheim Central
7:00 PM L 14-30
09/25 *
Warwick
7:00 PM W 34-10
10/02 *
@Wilson West Lawn
7:00 PM L 14-35
10/09 *
@Manheim Twp.
7:30 PM L 12-21
10/16 *
@Hempfield
7:00 PM L 35-38
10/23 *
@McCaskey
7:00 PM W 25-7
10/30 *
Conestoga Valley
7:00 PM W 37-14
11/06 *
Penn Manor
7:00 PM W 48-21
11/13 #
@Exeter Twp.
7:00 PM L 0-46

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IMG_71222016 Cedar Crest Football Roster

NO. Name GR. Ht. Wt. Pos.(s)
1 Neisso Dorvil 10 5’2″ 135 RB/CB
2 Greg Munnion 12 6’1″ 190 RB/DE
3 Zeb Lasta 12 5’8″ 150 WR/CB
4 Logan Horn 10 5’10” 150 QB/CB
5 Jabin Joseph 12 6’0″ 180 WR/CB
6 Tate Seyfert 12 5’11” 170 WR/CB
7 AJ Apple 11 5’10” 165 RB/LB
8 Luis Minaya 12 6’1″ 205 TE/DE
9 Greyson Williams 12 5’10” 170 WR/CB
10 Tanner Miller 11 6′ 175 QB/OLB
11 Zach Garrett 10 5’10 180 QB/LB
12 Nate French 11 6′ 170 WR/FS
13 Dylan Walborn 11 5’8″ 150 WR/CB
14 Sam Sierra 11 5’10” 150 WR/CB
16 Parker Little 10 6′ 165 QB
17 Chad Ryland 11 5’10” 155 K/P
18 Devon Bernard 12 6’1″ 210 TE/LB
20 Tyler Eisenhauer 11 6’1″ 180 TE/DE
21 Victor Ramos 12 5’8″ 175 RB/LB
22 Ethan Stickler 12 5’10” 190 TE/LB
23 Brandon Showers 11 6′ 170 WR/FS
24 Michael Cole 11 5’6″ 150 RB/CB
25 Justice Belleman 12 5’10” 215 RB/LB
26 Nate Trovinger 11 5’10” 190 RB/LB
27 Zach Keffer 12 5’11” 185 WR/SS
28 Essay Santos 10 5’8″ 150 RB/CB
31 Eli Ritter 10 5’10” 160 WR/OLB
32 Kendell Shand 11 5’8″ 150 RB/CB
33 Brody Dunlop 10 5’9″ 165 WR/SS
40 Gage Ebersole 10 5’9″ 165 RB/SS
42 Ethan Beare 10 5’8″ 175 TE/LB
50 Brayden Martin 12 5’11” 240 OL/DL
51 Garrett DeBien 12 6’2″ 240 OL/DT
52 Gavin Singh 12 5’10” 255 OL/DT
53 Frank Honey 11 6′ 200 OL/LB
55 Terrell Davis 12 6’5″ 290 OL/DL
56 Isaac Vera 11 5’8″ 170 OL/LB
57 Noah Spang 10 6′ 220 OL/DL
58 Austin Bohr 10 5’9″ 170 OL/LB
59 Tommy Mee-Say 11 5’7″ 230 OL/DL
60 Brock Eisenhauer 11 5’11” 190 OL/DL
61 Andrew McCafferty 10 6’2″ 230 OL/DL
62 Trevor Kline 11 5’7″ 210 OL/DL
66 Nate Shaeffer 10 5’10” 200 OL/DE
67 Derrick Via 10 5’7″ 185 OL/DL
70 Nick Stout 10 6′ 230 OL/DL
71 Jaydon Showers 10 5’11” 195 OL/DL
72 Sam Alvarez 12 6″2″ 255 OL/DE
75 Austin Long 11 6’0″ 265 OL/DL
77 Gustavo Marcial 10 6′ 280 OL/DL
79 Ross Fisher 12 6′ 265 OL/DL
80 Trey Kalbach 10 5’8″ 145 WR/FS
81 Devin Shay 10 6′ 185 WR/DE
82 Tony Brewer 10 5’8″ 140 WR/CB
84 Adam Loehr 11 6’1″ 180 WR/LB
85 Nate Cavic 11 6’1″ 185 TE/DE
88 Alex Progin 11 6′ 155 WR/CB
99 Michael Rubinstein 12 6’0″ 160 K

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IMG_7184Cedar Bowl History

2015 – Cedar Crest 41, Lebanon 7

2014 – Cedar Crest 38, Lebanon 24

2013 – Cedar Crest 40, Lebanon 24

2012 – Cedar Crest 67, Lebanon 0

2011 – Lebanon 47, Cedar Crest 14

2010 – Lebanon 35, Cedar Crest 7

IMG_71512009 – Cedar Crest 33, Lebanon 14

2008 — Lebanon 39, Cedar Crest 7
2007 — Cedar Crest 30, Lebanon 19
2006 — Lebanon 28, Cedar Crest 7
2005 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 13
2004 — Cedar Crest 34, Lebanon 7
2003 — Lebanon 29, Cedar Crest 24
2002 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 7
2001 — Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 24
2000 — Cedar Crest 39, Lebanon 6
1999 — Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 6
1998 — Cedar Crest 63, Lebanon 21
1997 — Cedar Crest 49, Lebanon 12
1996 — Lebanon 41, Cedar Crest 6
1995 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 0
1994 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 0
IMG_72121993 — Cedar Crest 35, Lebanon 20
1992 — Lebanon 7, Cedar Crest 0
1991 — Cedar Crest 20, Lebanon 14
1990 — Lebanon 35, Cedar Crest 31
1989 — Lebanon 13, Cedar Crest 6
1988 — Lebanon 0, Cedar Crest 0
1987 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 6
IMG_71861986 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 0
1985 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 23
1984 — Lebanon 23, Cedar Crest 7
1983 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 7
1982 — Cedar Crest 23, Lebanon 0
1981 — Lebanon 15, Cedar Crest 9
1980 — Cedar Crest 15, Lebanon 13
1979 — Cedar Crest 34, Lebanon 0
1978 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 0
1977 — Cedar Crest 20, Lebanon 8
1976 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 6
1975 — Cedar Crest 32, Lebanon 14
1974 — Cedar Crest 39, Lebanon 8
1973 — Lebanon 22, Cedar Crest 0
1972 — Cedar Crest 15, Lebanon 13

IMG_7192Note: Cedar Crest leads the all-time series 28-15-1

 

 

 

 

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